Thumbprint Easter Tree and Thumbprint Bunny Cards
Easter is coming soon, so I was thinking of the cute things I could make with my children. I have always liked the pictures using handprints and thumbprints, and occasionally footprints. Over the years I have made shopping bags for my mom, canvas pictures, and even an apron for myself. It is so cool to look back at these creations and see how little the kids hands were then. Along those lines I decided to make an Easter tree with finger and thumbprints on it as well as some easy thumbprint bunny cards to give out.
This Easter tree is fairly easy to do, though some little ones may need assistance. To make this tree you will need:
- two pieces of paper
- paint in assorted pastels or other spring colors
- a paintbrush
- and fingers willing to get messy.
To begin this project you will need to cut an egg shape out of one of your papers. I folded mine in half, and cut my oval out. It is the top part of the tree so make it large without taking up the whole page. Mine is towards the top with room on both sides and lots of space for the tree trunk.
Next place the template over your other paper, and leave it there while you work. I began by painting the branches of the tree in my oval. Then I added some horizontal zig zag lines and a straight one, to make it look like an Easter egg. Let those lines dry and then the finger print fun can begin. Start with one color, dip your thumb in and make thumbprints through out the tree. Let that dry some, and either use your thumb again or choose a different finger for varying size foliage in the next color paint. Then repeat that process with a third color. I used pink, mint, and lavender for my tree leaves. You can put as many or as few finger prints as you like.
Once done with all the finger printing, remove the template from the tree, and finish painting the trunk of the tree. I also added the ground and two thumbprint bunnies (see below for details on the bunnies). Add Hoppy Easter on the paper and it makes a great Easter picture to give to family and friends.
While you are playing with paint you can also make some thumbprint bunny cards to give out. All you need for this project is:
- construction paper
- paint brushes
These are fast and easy. First choose a piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Next pick a paint color that will show up against the color paper. Do a thumbprint for the bunny’s head and a few bunched together for its body in the center of the front of the folded paper card. You can make one bunny or two, or a whole bunny family.
On the one above I also added finger print eggs all over the card. Then with a paint brush I added the bunny ears, eyes, nose, whiskers, and tail. On the eggs I decorated them with a paintbrush to look like little Easter eggs.
On this card I decided to make two bunnies the same way as the bunny on the first card. Lastly I added words to the front of the cards. “Some Bunny Loves You” and “Hoppy Easter” Now I can fill the inside with a personal note to someone and give them a cheerful Easter card.
Both of these projects would be great for crafts in school, daycare,or a troop activity like girl scouts.
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